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This page contains information about betting with FanDuel at the United Center, along with contact details and a history of the facility.

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The United Center in Chicago is the home of both the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks and sees more than one million visitors annually. By seating capacity, it is the largest NBA arena and the second-largest NHL venue, with attendance regularly going over capacity when those teams are in town.

On this page, you’ll find general information about the United Center, including contact information, betting details, and a timeline of key moments in the history of the facility.

About United Center in Illinois

The United Center opened in 1994, replacing Chicago Stadium (which had been in use since 1929 but was deemed “economically obsolete” and that demolishing the building would be a better alternative than continued renovations).

The arena seats 19,717 for hockey games, 20,917 for basketball games, and 23,500 for concerts and other performances.It cost $175 million to build and was designed to amplify the acoustics of the crowd to make the building feel louder during games.

One of the nicknames for the United Center is “The House that Jordan Built.” A statue of Bulls legend Michael Jordan was erected outside the stadium in 1994 but was moved inside the atrium in 2017. Another nickname, “The Madhouse on Madison,” is a nod to the raucous crowds and the cross street for the venue.

Is there sports betting available at the United Center?

Yes, there is sports betting available at the United Center. Fans will soon be able to make their bets at the FanDuel Sportsbook Lounge located adjacent to the atrium. It opens three hours prior to events at the UC and stays open for an hour after events conclude. The lounge has applied for a license with the Illinois Gaming Board which would allow for FanDuel betting kiosks and staffed windows for Illinois sports betting.

Additionally, fans can make wagers from their mobile devices throughout the building, though there may be cell service interruptions due to the number of people in the United Center.

United Center and FanDuel Sportsbook partnership

In January 2022, the United Center announced a partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook Illinois that would bring a betting lounge into the building. The lounge opened ahead of the Bulls’ and Blackhawks’ season openers in October of the same year.

The lounge features 1,300 square feet of LED screens so visitors always have a view of the action. They can also enjoy food and drinks from the bar area. It is operating as a non-betting sports lounge while waiting for licensure from the Illinois Gaming Board.

History of United Center

  • 1994: The United Center opens across the street from Chicago Stadium and serves as the home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Due to a lockout, the Blackhawks wouldn’t play in the arena until January 1995.
  • 1996: The Bulls win their first championship at the United Center and their fourth NBA title overall. Chicago defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 87-75 in Game Six to clinch the series. Also in 1996, the United Center hosted the Democratic National Convention.
  • 1998: The United Center hosts the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament for the first time.
  • 2009: Arena renovations reduce the number of sky-boxes from 216 to 169. While the number of suites decreased, the move allowed for 3,000 additional club level seats to be installed.
  • 2010: The United Center hosts a Stanley Cup Final for the first time as the Blackhawks hosted the Philadelphia Flyers. However, Chicago clinched their Cup win on the road that season.
  • 2011: Oprah Winfrey records The Farewell Season: Oprah's Surprise Spectacular at the United Center, with episodes airing May 23 and 24.
  • 2013: Arena renovations see the removal of the “Welcome to the Madhouse” signage around the 300 level, with the replacement being a panoramic LED bar.
  • 2015: Chicago wins its third Stanley Cup in six seasons, this time defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game Six for their first championship win in front of the home fans at the United Center.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 1901 W Madison St Chicago, IL 60612
Opening hours: 90 minutes before Bulls and Blackhawks games
Website: https://www.unitedcenter.com
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: (312) 455-4500